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Instant Pot Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta

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Introducing our Instant Pot Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta recipe – a zesty fusion of Tex-Mex and Italian flavors! With tender chicken, smoky chipotle peppers, and creamy pasta, this dish is a quick and delicious option for any night of the week. Say goodbye to bland dinners and hello to a flavorful culinary adventure!

Instant Pot Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta Recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Spicy Delight: The spicy chipotle pasta adds a smoky kick, perfect for spice lovers.
  • One-Pot Meal: This recipe combines protein, carbs, and veggies all in one pot.
  • Fast and Flavorful: The Instant Pot ensures quick cooking of spicy chicken chipotle pasta without sacrificing taste or texture.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cut into 1″ Chunks: This lean protein cooks quickly and absorbs the spicy chipotle sauce and adobo flavors beautifully, providing a hearty, savory component to the pasta.
  • Penne Pasta: Its hollow center and ridges are perfect for catching and holding onto the spicy, creamy sauce.
  • Adobo Sauce: Lends a deep smoky flavor and heat that forms the backbone of the chipotle pasta’s unique taste profile.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a touch of acidity to balance the heat and enhance the overall flavors of the dish.
  • Salt & Black Pepper: Enhance the natural flavors of the other ingredients and bring balance to the dish.
  • Butter & Olive Oil: Used for sautéing the onions, garlic, and chicken, they add richness and help meld the flavors together.
  • Honey: A little sweetness to counteract the heat of the chipotle and adobo, honey also helps create a beautiful caramelization on the chicken.
  • Chipotle Pepper Sauce: Provides the signature smoky heat that makes chipotle pasta so distinctive and delicious.
  • Yellow Bell Pepper & Red Bell Pepper: Add a pop of color, a hint of sweetness, and a satisfying crunch, all while boosting the dish’s nutritional value.
  • Heavy Cream: Gives the pasta sauce a luxurious, velvety texture that beautifully coats every piece of penne and chicken.
  • Diced Yellow Onion & Minced Garlic: The aromatic base of many dishes, these two add a depth of flavor that complements the smoky heat of the adobo and chipotle.
  • Frozen Peas & Fresh Thin Asparagus: Add a fresh, slightly sweet contrast to the heat, and their quick cooking time makes them an easy addition.
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese: Melts into the hot pasta, adding a salty, umami flavor that rounds out the dish perfectly.
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How To Make Instant Pot Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta?

Step One: Set Instant Pot To Saute

Press the saute button and then press the adjust button to set saute to “less”.

Step Two: Marinate Chicken

In a bowl, add your chicken, add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and let sit as you cook the rest of the dish.

Step Three: Cook Bell Peppers And Onions

Once it displays hot, add the butter and melt. Add the bell peppers and onions and cook until just translucent.

Step Four: Add Garlic

Add your garlic and toss to combine. Remove the pepper mixture and set to the side.

Step Five: Cook Chicken

Now add your olive oil. Add the chicken to the pan and brown the chicken on both sides. This should take around 2-3 minutes.

Step Six: Add Honey

Add in the honey and stir, cooking an additional 5 seconds. Remove the chicken mixture and set to the side.

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Step Seven: Add Water And Pasta

Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the Instant Pot. Now add 8 oz penne pasta, 2 tbsp. Of adobo sauce and chopped asparagus. Do not stir, especially if your Instant Pot model gives the Burn Message.

Step Eight: Pressure Cook

Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.

Step Nine: Quick Release Pressure

Quick-release the pressure by manually moving (be careful) the pressure valve from the sealing to the venting position.

Step Ten: Add the Chicken Mixture

Open the pot, add the chicken mixture, and stir everything together.

Step Eleven: Add Cream And Cheese

Press the saute button. Add in the heavy cream and parmesan cheese and stir.

Step Twelve: Garnish And Serve

Top with cilantro and serve your delicious Chipotle Chicken Pasta.

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Cooking Tips

  • Chicken: For tender and juicy chicken, consider marinating it in lime juice and spices for at least 30 minutes before cooking to infuse it with extra flavor and tenderness.
  • Finish with Freshness: Stir in fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice to cooked pasta to brighten up the dish and add a fresh zing.

Variations

  • Honey Glazed Chicken: Serves as an optional ingredient in this spicy chicken pasta, offering a customizable twist for those seeking to balance the spicy chipotle with a hint of sweetness.

Substitutions

  • Chicken Thighs: Using boneless skinless chicken thighs in your Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta recipe adds a richer flavor and more tenderness to the dish, enhancing the overall savory notes.
  • Cream Sauce: Adds richness and can replace or complement heavy cream, blending with chipotle sauce for creamy heat. Add it in the final Instant Pot steps for a smooth finish.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftover spicy chipotle chicken pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator, ensuring it’s cooled to room temperature before storing. Consume within 3-4 days for the best taste and safety.
  • Freezing: For extended storage, allow the pasta to cool completely, then transfer it to a labeled freezer bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to 2-3 months, ensuring proper sealing to maintain flavor and texture.
  • Thawing: When ready to enjoy frozen chipotle chicken pasta, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheat: For a quick and convenient reheating method, use the Instant Pot. Set it to the “Saute” function, add a splash of water or broth to prevent sticking, and stir until the pasta reaches the desired temperature.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Fluffy Rice: Fluffy rice complements the smoky flavors of chipotle chicken pasta.
  • Black Bean Corn Salad: Charred corn mixed with black beans, tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro adds a sweet crunch to balance the dish.
  • Garlic Breadsticks: Buttery garlic breadsticks provide the perfect opportunity for sopping up the rich chipotle-infused sauce.
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Instant Pot Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta

Yield: 2-3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Instant Pot Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta combines tender chicken, pasta, and vegetables in a creamy, smoky chipotle sauce for a quick and flavorful meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1 box of penne pasta 500g
  • 2 tbsp.
  • lemon juice 1/2 tbsp.
  • salt 1/4 tsp.
  • black pepper 2 tsp.
  • butter 2 tbsp.
  • olive oil 1/4 cup
  • honey 3 tbsp.
  • chipotle pepper sauce from canned adobo peppers
  • 1 yellow bell pepper,
  • diced 1 red bell pepper,
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • diced 1/2 yellow onion,
  • diced 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 pound fresh thin asparagus,
  • chopped into 1/4’s 6 oz shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Press the saute button and then press the adjust button to set saute to “less”.
  2. In a bowl, add your chicken, add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and let sit as you cook the rest of the dish.
  3. Once it displays hot, add the butter and melt. Add the bell peppers and onions and cook until just translucent.
  4. Add your garlic and toss to combine. Remove the pepper mixture and set to the side.
  5. Now add your olive oil. Add the chicken to the pan and brown the chicken on both sides. This should take around 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add in the honey and stir, cooking an additional 5 seconds. Remove the chicken mixture and set to the side.
  7. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to the Instant Pot. Now add 8 oz penne pasta, 2 tbsp. Of adobo sauce and chopped asparagus. Do not stir, especially if your Instant Pot model gives the Burn Message.
  8. Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  9. Quick-release the pressure by manually moving (be careful) the pressure valve from the sealing to the venting position.
  10. Open the pot, add the chicken mixture, and stir everything together.
  11. Press the saute button. Add in the heavy cream and parmesan cheese and stir.
  12. Top with cilantro and serve your delicious Chipotle Chicken Pasta.

Notes

  • Chicken: For tender and juicy chicken, consider marinating it in lime juice and spices for at least 30 minutes before cooking to infuse it with extra flavor and tenderness.
  • Finish with Freshness: Stir in fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice to cooked pasta to brighten up the dish and add a fresh zing.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2443Total Fat: 157gSaturated Fat: 83gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 65gCholesterol: 464mgSodium: 2405mgCarbohydrates: 162gFiber: 19gSugar: 51gProtein: 105g

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